Penetration Tests

Protect Your Business with Comprehensive Penetration Testing Services from OccamSec

Summary

Cyber attacks can have a devastating impact on businesses of all sizes, costing time, money, and damaging reputations. At OccamSec, we help prevent these attacks by identifying and addressing potential vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, saving you time, money, and headaches.

Our team of experienced penetration testers uses industry-leading tools and techniques to simulate real-world attack scenarios, helping you better understand your security posture and prioritize remediation efforts. With a proven track record of success in a variety of industries OccamSec is the trusted choice for businesses that want to stay ahead of emerging threats and maintain a strong security posture.

By partnering with OccamSec for penetration testing, you can expect:

  • Actionable insights: Our team provides detailed reports outlining vulnerabilities, risk levels, and recommended remediation steps, so you can take immediate action to strengthen your defenses.
  • Real-world scenarios: We simulate real-world attack scenarios to provide a true representation of your security posture, helping you better understand the risks and prioritize remediation efforts.
  • Compliance support: Our team is familiar with industry regulations and can help ensure that your business remains compliant while also improving its overall security posture.
  • Continuous improvement: We work closely with your team to provide ongoing support and guidance, helping you stay ahead of emerging threats and maintain a strong security posture over time.

Benefits

  • Avoid the financial, reputational and operations losses a cyber-attack could cause.
  • Improve your security posture not once, but continuously, ensuring you stay one step ahead of potential threats.
  • Determine the effectiveness of your current security controls, identifying where existing investments can be better utilized and if required, where further investment is needed.
  • Compliance. Many regulations such as SOC 2, PCI-DSS and HIPAA require regular security assessments which Penetration testing can help to comply with.
  • Penetration testing can also allow organizations to identify and practice response plans, to test their readiness and fine tune the incident response process.

Avoid the financial, reputational and operations losses a cyber-attack could cause.

Process

Once the target(s) have been selected the rules of engagement are determined. Testing may either be conducted externally or include on-site testing. The test duration will depend on the target’s complexity and specific requirements.

If required a “trophy” can be selected for the test, (these are useful in ensuring the test has the right context for any findings). Typically, this will be either to gain access to a specific system, breach the network, or get a specific user account.

Our team use a combination of automated tools and manual testing techniques. Using both methods we are able to uncover the ‘low hanging fruit’ and the critical, ‘hard to find’ issues. Due to the experience of our intelligence team, our penetration testers are aware of the latest techniques used by attackers, and these are incorporated into the test as appropriate.

If a trophy has been specified, the team will hone their focus to zero in on achieving the goal. If not, then vulnerabilities identified will be tested to their conclusion and their impact assessed.

If a critical issue is found during testing, which may include signs of a breach, our team will immediately contact the client with details.

Pentesting FAQ

WHAT IS PENTESTING?

Pentesting is the process of testing for vulnerabilities in a system, application or network. It can be conducted either externally or include on-site testing. The test duration will depend on the target’s complexity and specific requirements.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PEN TESTING?

Pen testing can help improve your security posture and avoid the financial, reputational and operations losses a cyber-attack could cause. It can also determine the effectiveness of your current security controls, identifying where existing investments can be better utilized and if required, where further investment is needed.

WHAT DOES THE PENTESTING PROCESS INVOLVE?

The stages of pentesting typically involve selecting the target(s), determining the rules of engagement, conducting the test (which may include on-site testing) and then providing full reporting. If a ‘trophy’ has been specified for the test, (these are useful in ensuring the test has the right context for any findings) the team will hone their focus to zero in on achieving the goal. If not, then vulnerabilities identified will be tested to their conclusion and their impact assessed.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PENTESTING?

There are various types of pentesting, but common methods include black box testing, white box testing and grey box testing. Black box testing involves testing without any knowledge of the internal workings of the system, application or network. White box testing includes having full knowledge of the system, application or network. Grey box testing is somewhere in between, involving partial knowledge of the system, application or network.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD PENTESTING BE CONDUCTED?

Pentesting should be conducted on a regular basis, at least annually (and more frequently if there have been significant changes to the system, application or network). If you’re conducting pentesting in response to a suspected breach, it’s important to act quickly in order to minimize the damage.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A PENETRATION TEST?

After a pentest, you should receive a full report detailing any vulnerabilities that were found. It’s important to prioritize the remediation of these vulnerabilities in order to reduce the risk of a successful attack. In some cases, it may be necessary to conduct further testing in order to confirm that the vulnerabilitie(s) have been successfully mitigated.

CAN PEN TESTING HELP WITH COMPLIANCE REGULATIONS?

Pentesting can help organizations to meet a variety of compliance regulations, including PCI DSS, HIPAA and SOX. In some cases, pentesting may be required in order to demonstrate compliance with specific regulations.

HOW LONG DOES PENTESTING TAKE?

The duration of pentesting will depend on the size and complexity of the target. A simple test on a small system could be completed in a matter of days, whereas a more complex test on a large network might take several weeks.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEN TESTING AND VULNERABILITY SCANNING?

Pentesting is a more comprehensive and intrusive form of testing than vulnerability scanning. Vulnerability scanning can be used to identify potential vulnerabilities, but won’t necessarily confirm if these can be exploited. Pentesting includes active attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in order to determine their impact.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTINUOUS PENTESTING AND TRADITIONAL PENTESTING?

Traditionally, pentesting was conducted on an annual or bi-annual basis, continuous pentesting helps to identify vulnerabilities much sooner. Continuous pentesting involves conducting regular tests (weekly, monthly, etc.) so that new vulnerabilities can be identified and addressed quickly. This helps to improve an organization’s overall security posture and reduce the risk of a successful attack.

WHAT IS RED TEAMING?

Red teaming is a form of pentesting that simulates a real-world attack, in order to test the effectiveness of an organization’s security controls. Red teaming exercises typically involve a team of attackers (the red team) who will attempt to breach the target, while a separate team (the blue team) defends against attacks.

WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH PENTESTING?

Some common challenges associated with pentesting include:

  • Scope creep – the tendency for the scope of a project to gradually increase over time. This can be a problem in pentesting, as it can lead to tests taking longer than initially planned and becoming more expensive.
  • False positives – incorrect results from pentesting tools which indicate a vulnerability when none actually exists. This can waste time and resources, as remediation efforts are focused on non-existent vulnerabilities.
  • False negatives – failing to identify a vulnerability that actually exists. This is potentially more serious than a false positive, as it could leave an organization open to attack.

These challenges are just some of the many reasons why it’s important to choose a reputable and experienced pentesting provider. Learn more about Occamsec’s cyber security services.